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What Are The UK Legal
Alternatives To Pepper Spray
for Self Defence?


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When it comes to self defence and pepper spray, there are many question you can ask:

  • Is pepper spray legal in the UK?
  • Is pepper spray a legal self defence weapon in the UK?
  • What is the pepper spray UK law?
  • Are you allowed to carry prepper spray in the UK?

This article will answer those questions and more:

UK laws regarding self defence are very strict, and for any normal member of the public this can be a problem – as a prepper it presents its own problems especially if SHTF.

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The choice of weapons to defend yourself, your family and your preps is very limited and controlled by the strict UK laws governing offensive and dangerous weapons.

You cannot walk around with a 10″ machete strapped to your back, a handgun or any other weapon for that matter, even if you say it’s just for self defence.

In fact, actually saying you are carry something for 'self defence' is an offence in its own right, meaning you have have an intention of using it...!


This Article Deals With Non Lethal Self Defence Weapons

Generally speaking, a weapon is a weapon, as simple as that, if you carry one then the intention implies that you would be prepared to use one – resulting in varying injury levels or even death.

So when it comes to the question of preparing and defending yourself, the choice of “weapon” is not so easy.

In the UK it is very much against the law to even hold and point a knife at some, would be looter, and even worse to actually use it.

Additionally, the crime rate in the UK remains a problem – theft, break-ins and mugging are still commonplace, especially in our cities.

So, when you add to that to the fact that we cannot legally carry a weapon to defend ourselves, we are constantly having to look for an alternative method of protection for ourselves, our children and the family.

Possibly the most effective, non lethal, weapon that would deter a would be looter is ‘the good old pepper spray‘ – the type the police and many other 'authorities' have with them.

unfortunately for us, the general public,
this is also classed as an offensive,
and therefor, an illegal weapon.

In fact 'real' pepper spray / mace spray is classed in the same category as a firearm here in the UK, and dealt with by the courts as such with serious consequences for anyone carrying it.
So, in normal 'peace time' it is a compete no no to own or carry it.

The UK law makers are genuinely between a rock and a hard place when it comes to weapons and the general public.  
But surely we should have some rights when it comes to our own personal self defence...?
You simply cannot take everything away from the man or woman in the street.  But that's exactly what has happened folks..!
Of course, the criminals and law breakers don't abide to these laws now do they.! In a SHTF situation all these laws would go straight out the window anyway, but for now we are forced to abide by the laws, or face the consequences....

Is It Legal
To Carry Pepper Spray In The UK?

The law is very specific,
and is laid out in Section 5(1) (b) of the firearms act 1968.

This act prohibits any weapon of any description, designed or adapted for the discharge of any noxious liquid, gas or other substance.

uk pepper spray legal

In a nutshell the law is saying that full on pepper spray, the type the UK police use [ as seen in this photo ] that contains a noxious gas is one of those items that is considered illegal to carry and illegal to use in the UK by civilians and preppers alike.

So what are the alternatives
to pepper spray for members of the public…?

The only LEGAL ALTERNATIVE that the public or UK preppers have at their disposal and is the equivalent to Pepper Spray in the UK for self defence is the:

Here's the specifications;

  • Non Toxic & UK Legal
  • Can Be Carried By Any Adult 
  • Discreet & Compact
  • Non Lethal Criminal Identifier 
  • Contains No Harmfull Chemicals
  • 4 mtr Spray Range
  • Highly Effective - Giving Time To Escape
girl with can of legal pepper spray for the Uk

The Spray Container is very discreet and measures in at only 85 x 34 mm yet packs a punch that will stop a mugger in his tracks.

If sprayed at face level it will completely disorientated the attacker – with the natural instinct for him to back off – if sprayed at the eyes it also cause blurred vision, making an attack even more difficult.

With this sprayed into the eyes it is not possible to see what you are doing - wiping it off only makes it worse.

Having tested this on myself, I can assure you it was not possible to do anything other than try to protect myself and my face from the spray. (see video below)

UK legal pepper spray alternative video test picture

Also, the natural instinct is to try and wipe it off – this only makes thing worse.!

Can you imagine the panic factor you put into the attacker when he looks down at his blood red hands after you have sprayed him..!?

He will have no idea what has just happened and be more scared and ready to run off, than you !

pepper spray for the uk

This Farb Gel remains on the attackers skin and clothing for up to 7 days – making the police very aware if a potential attack has taken place.

Value for money, this is a ‘must have’ self defence method for preppers and everyone else, especially at the silly price of under £11 including VAT & delivery for the basic spray bottle.


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Why Do You Need To Carry
A Self Defence Spray?

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In the UK statistics show that crime against adults [16 and over] has decreased. In fact crime in the UK is at an all time low and continues to fall.

From its peak in 1996 to 2013 it has steadily fallen each year.

So is everything OK then.?

Well, yes and no –

Yes, inasmuch as it’s good that the crime rates are falling and things are getting safer.

No, when you look at the actual figures and the amount of crime still reported.

farg gel defence spray with woman being stalked by a man

Latest figures and statistics from the government's own information website:

The Office of National Statistics, quotes that in the latest Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) there is an estimated 8.5 million incidents of crime against households and resident adults (aged 16 and over).

The study is for England and Wales during the year ending June 2013.

The good news is that this figure actually represents a 7% decrease compared with the previous year’s survey. But 8.5 million incidents..!!

attacker being sprayed with farb gel self defence spray

That's an awful lot if you ask me.

As a member of the public, I do not want to be one of those statistics, thank you very much…..

And again, as a UK Prepper, being prepared is what it’s all about and whenever I go out I always carry and EDC plus my survival keyring kit AND my Defence Spray – it just makes sense..

*  See My Personal Video Of The Alternative Pepper Spray In Action
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Final Thoughts On This Self Defence Spray - 

The spray has been designed to meet all UK legal requirements and is totally legal to carry here – any member of the public who has concerns about safety for themselves or their family should definitely consider purchasing and carrying one of these sprays.

I carry one, and so does all my family.

The good thing is the red coloured gel remains on the attacker for up to a week after, making them instantly recognizable as a potential threat again.

I like this Pepper Spray UK Alternative very much for the simple reason that it works – not only are they cheap and effective, they are also completely legal to carry.

You can buy the spray with a neat belt pouch for a couple of pounds extra – I found this very handy as it will clip onto a 2″ belt quite easily.

It can also be attached onto a ladies handbag where it is readily accessible if you need it – I then just bought the spray on its own as a backup.

Read This To Understand The Spray:
this defence spray will buy you a couple of precious seconds to make an escape.

It is not designed to maim or incapacitate an attacker to the point where they are rolling around on the ground, gasping for breath with their eyes burning out of their sockets - but when used it will disorientate and stop that attack for a few seconds minimum.

While the attacker is busy wiping the spray out of their eyes, you make your escape.
Even if that attacker is drunk, drugged up or high an adrenaline, they cannot attack you if they can't see you.

With a 4 metre spray range, you have the ability to keep a good distance from anyone as they approach you - if you feel threatened, and anticipate an attack, then you have the right to use this in order to make an escape.

Always be aware of your surroundings and the situation you are in
if you are clueless as to what's going on, you put yourself at even greater risk.

Important Information Worth Reading
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If you are in a situation where you are forced to use your spray, then always do the following:

  • Call the police immediately after the incident has happened, and report the fact that you have been attacked and detail the incident. Obtain a crime number if possible and ensure you do this as soon as possible.
  • Inform the police that you have sprayed them with a red identification spray to help find the culprit.
*  Buy Your Spray Here

Choose from the spray only, spray and pouch or add a twin pack below:


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An absolute  'must have' for preppers and the general public. All you need is a couple of seconds and you can avoid an attack.

I highly recommend this product and the fact that it leaves an attacker identifiable for days makes this even more useful.


Steve Hart  -  UK Preppers Guide

I have found out a couple of legal points regarding the Farb Gel Spray - please read before you buy:

  •  This spray is only legal in UK mainland and wont be shipped outside of the UK mainland  
  • There are some concerns as to whether it is legal to 'use' in Northern Ireland.- you can own the spray but you may  possibly be breaking the Northern Ireland laws if you actually use it .

Generally as an Alternative UK Legal Pepper Spray for self defence this product ticks all the boxes and is something to consider for all the family, especially as it is effective and easy to use.

But, the best of all, it works AND it's very cheap...


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    • John Westcombe on May 18, 2019 at 10:25 pm
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    Hello Steve,

    Just stumbled across your site looking into buying some self-defence spray, thank you for the information. I was looking into purchasing a pepper spray or something because I’m too old and fat to be fighting off people with criminal intent. I am very disappointed with the restrictions placed on British citizens, it’s a bloody disgrace. Too much government overreach since Blair. Back to the gym for me.


    • Jayne on February 5, 2019 at 5:03 am
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    It is also a pity the colour isnt green. As that would stop anyone being mistaken for being covered in blood. And have a go idiots could grab you after you have used it, thinking it s blood on their face.

    • margaret martin on February 5, 2019 at 4:56 am
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    Ok we are having to buy these things because the police are over worked and are not on the streets anymore. But someone on this page said they arrested an old lady for using a spray of some sort and left her obviously very distressed. Was it the attacker who foned the police ???

    Well so much for the police not having the resources but have the resources to come and arrest the old lady. It should be our human right to defend ourselves on the streets and in our homes.!!

    • Rob on September 19, 2018 at 11:55 am
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    Hi, Read your blog regarding this product as we are experiencing a lot of moped muggers in our area and the police are powerless. I was wondering what the effect would be if sprayed on to a motorcycle helmet visor, would it stick and/or smear? meaning their only chance of escape or escalating the attack would be to remove the helmet, thus making them identifiable. Also overspill onto the cycle will that stick the same.
    Regarding Allan’s post regarding it’s use brought back a story my father told me some 30 years ago. He worked on the police comms desk in the 70s, he took a report of an old woman in her late 60s spraying a burglar in the eyes with ammonia when he entered her bedroom in the middle of the night. She was arrested and had to give a good reason why the ammonia spray was on her bedside table, her excuse of having been cleaning her bedroom that day was eventually accepted after experiencing much distress. The burglar got his wrists slapped and told not to do it again, leaving the old woman in fear of a revenge attack. Sad and unbalanced country we live in.

    • damon kirk on September 15, 2018 at 8:58 pm
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    I am looking forward to reading you publication as i am getting to the point where i am always thinking twice about leaving the house and also is it secure while i am out. It honestly is making me feel paranoid and i can’t discuss it with anyone.

    Damon Kirk

    • John Timms on September 9, 2018 at 11:12 am
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    Just read about spray interesting stuff. but have to say the truth is we and I say we. as upstanding decent citizens should not need to carry anything.But the truth is we are now unprotected by the police in the uk now.and believe me I don’t blame the police I’m sure they want to do there jobs,but down to penny pinching fat cats that so call run the country have squeezed the life out of our 999 services .and us people that live in the real world do not feel safe on our own streets anymore. JUST LOOK UP THE REAL CRIME statistics the criminals are the prosperous not the decent tax payers that pay for so called public protection.I say again I don’t blame the police.The law stinks in how we can protect ourselves it’s unrealistic and confusing and in most cases ends up being on the aggressors side.I have To say in my opinion if this spray gel was effective enough the criminal element would use it after all anyone can buy it. But know they use a more affective and cruel method acid.And we decent uk citizens aren’t allowed anything but to rely on our undermanned police force.SHAME ON YOU you PENNEY PINCHING FAT CATS BET YOU HAVE A DIRECT LINE FOR YOURE PROTECTION. OUT OF OUR TAXES. SHAME On YOU.

      • John Westcombe on May 18, 2019 at 10:28 pm
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      Even if we had more police investment, all they do is police language…

    • نمونه سوالات آیین نامه on September 8, 2018 at 9:18 am
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    Excellent thanks

      • LYNDA SHERRIFF on November 10, 2018 at 10:43 pm
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    • Allan on August 20, 2018 at 2:11 am
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    While it might not be illegal, thats not the same as it being legal. Not from the police’s point of view anyway. If you discharge this in someone’s face, you are going to get nicked for assault. No two ways about it. The police will then leave it down to the court to determine if it was justifiable self defence. Which is a shame, because I was looking for something categorically legal, as a self defence tool after a neighbour known for violence threatened to kill me after taking out a restraining order against her. Not just something thats “not illegal”.

    1. You make a good point there Alan.
      However, the circumstances you state are quite different for the intended use of this identifier spray.
      It is not an “attack weapon” designed to harm someone.
      Have a good read through the article, as I try to explain it’s all about situation awareness and having a means to escape an attack.
      Applying minimal force in order to get away from the danger.
      You have a right to defend yourself against and attack or if you feel threatened by an impending attack, you can use proportional force to escape the threat.
      This identifier spray is exactly that.
      Just going up to someone and spraying in the face is, exactly as you say, assault,and you would be arrested for doing that. But not so in a situation where you are defending yourself against an attack by someone else.
      You could equally use a deodorant spray to temporarily disable and attacker, if you were actually that close. So does the deodorant become and offensive weapon and thus assault?
      An ill informed, jobsworth copper may well confiscate the spray, but I can assure you that you’d get it back from the desk Sargent…
      Essentially it’s not designed to harm or main someone, but as you can spray from 4 mtrs away, this will disorientate the attacker and give precious seconds for you to make an escape.
      You have then marked the attacker which actually helps the police identify him/her.
      Thanks for your comment, all the best, Steve

    • peter crawford on July 16, 2018 at 3:51 pm
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    Is there a retail store near Liverpool where I can buy these defence products?

    1. Hi Peter,
      Not that I am aware of.
      Generally sold online.
      Here’s the link to Amazon where you can buy it.
      Farb Gel Criminal Identifier Spray

      hope that helps..

    • Ken on May 23, 2018 at 2:41 pm
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    Could you do a video where you act like an attacker instead of just standing there letting yourself be sprayed? This would be a far more realistic video to consider it’s effectiveness in real life situations. This is not just so you have to walk about for another week looking silly.
    : )

    1. Not really. Been sprayed once and that was enough to prove to me that this spray will help you to get out of a possible situation where someone is threatening you.
      If used correctly it is effective over 4mtrs, enough to give you a few seconds to get out of danger.
      However, if your stupid enough to walk around like a zombie with your head burred in your iPhone, like the vast majority of people nowadays, then the chances of being overpowered are obvious.
      This product is all about situation awareness, and gaining a chance to escape by using it sensibly and keeping distance from an attacker.

    • Andy. L on April 15, 2018 at 10:48 pm
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    I had to use the Farb gel spray twice so far the first time the Police did not bother the second time I was told I might be charged with assault the Farb gel spray was confiscated as evidence luckily no charge was made I was only protecting myself from a deranged thug & his partner(wife?) the two WPC’s took the woman’s side because she was covered in red everybody thought it was blood maybe a change of colour ? and less female sexism from Merseyside police I am disabled and getting on in years that’s why I bought more

    • Helen on February 11, 2018 at 9:28 pm
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    The law states ” any substance” so find the claims this a legal product untrue.

    1. Hi Helen,
      At that rate, carrying a bottle of spray perfume in you handbag means you should be arrested..?
      This identifier spray is not illegal to buy, own, carry or use.
      When it comes to defending yourself against an attacker, you could quite easily pull out a pair of nail scissors to defend yourself.
      Please check out self defence laws here:
      UK Self Defence Law

    • dylan dunn on January 23, 2018 at 9:26 pm
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    how old do you have to buy this

    1. Hi Dylan,
      It has an over 16 only restriction on it, similar to buying normal spray paint in a store.
      However, buying online assume you are over 18 as you purchase using a credit card or similar.

      You can order through Amazon here:
      Farb Gel Spray
      hope this helps…

    • Lara on January 9, 2018 at 7:18 pm
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    How can we buy this in the uk as the link you use can’t be found and amazon don’t sell it in uk

    1. Hi Lara,
      All links work for me…
      Please refresh the page and try again.

    • Geoffrey Dowey on December 27, 2017 at 9:49 am
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    In the UK it is the person who initiates the complaint that the police listen to so if you use any spray or physical violence towards your attacker make sure you phone the police and register a complaint. If you don’t then the attacker can and the fact that you acted in self defense will be viewed as just an excuse to avoid prosecution. I was forced to defend myself at my business and left my attacker unconscious and bleeding on the pavement so straight away I phoned the police and explained that I was attacked and used reasonable force to defend myself, they took my assailant away when he regained consciousness (just before calling an ambulance for him) and I heard no more about the incident. So always make your complaint ASAP

    1. Thank you Geoffrey,
      That is an excellent point, thank you. I will be adding that advice to the above article.
      Again, thanks.

      • Ezzy on February 1, 2018 at 11:08 pm
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      That is good info. I am moving over to the UK soon. I have no clue what stuff I can bring with me, you guys have any idea?
      What kind of “self-defense weapons” can I have on me/ in my luggage? I love my spray, nothing works better than that. I feel a little uncomfortable having to resort to paint as a means to defend myself. I’ve been assaulted before, it’s a little hard to believe but I trust you guys. Gonna get that spray once I touch British soil.

      1. if stopped by the UK police and you have anything that you say is a self defence weapon on your person, you will be arrested for carrying an offensive weapon.
        You cannot carry normally accepted self defence weapons in the UK, such as knives, firearms, pepper spray, axe, machete etc.

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